Care Net’s Walk for Life will include tethered balloon rides for first time

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2019 at 10:11 am

Déjà Vu Ballooning in Gasport provided tethered hot-air balloon rides on Aug. 31 at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds for the Steampunk Festival. Déjà Vu will have a balloon at the upcoming Walk for Life on Sept. 29 in Albion.

ALBION – The Walk for Life, a fundraiser for Care Net of Greater Orleans, is going to be at a different location this year, and will offer tethered hot-air balloon rides for the first time.

Walk for Life is usually at Mount Albion Cemetery. That location didn’t have a big enough open spot for Déjà Vu Ballooning in Gasport to offer the tethered balloon rides.

Care Net has moved the Sept. 29 to Albion Central School with the balloon rides in front of the track/football stadium.

“I thought it would add a nice fun dimension to the walk,” said Wende Swick, Care Net’s executive director.

Tickets are $25 for a ride in the tethered balloon. The top 2 fundraisers for the walk will get a full ride in the balloon.

The Walk for Life will include a 1-mile route in the nature trail/woods. If it’s muddy or rainy, the course will shift to the track.

Participants can walk or run the course as individuals or as a team. Swick encouraged youth groups, Bible study groups or families to be part of the event, which goes from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be prizes for the teams with the best costume, most spirit, largest team, and in other categories.

Care Net has set a $15,000 fundraising goal for the event. For more information, call Care Net at 589-7505, or click here.

Care Net Center of Greater Orleans provides free services which include pregnancy and STI testing, limited ultrasounds, classes in parenting, Bible study and life skills, material aid, an earn while you learn program.

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